EU security must no longer depend on US, says Macron
[PARIS - Agence France-Presse] French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that he would put forward new proposals for the European Union to boost its security, saying the bloc must stop depending on American might.

"Europe can no longer rely on the United States for its security. It is up to us to guarantee European security," he said in a speech to relaunch his diplomatic agenda.

His proposals will be unveiled "in the coming months", Macron told an audience of some 250 diplomats, lawmakers and international relations experts gathered to mark the return from the summer break.

"I want us to launch an exhaustive review of our security with all Europe’s partners, which includes Russia," he added.

Macron’s comments came after a string of gestures from US President Donald Trump distancing himself from traditional NATO allies.

Trump has repeatedly called into question the Western alliance’s core commitment to mutual defence, while complaining that the US spends too much on military support for Europe.
Posted by: Besoeker 2018-08-27